Music Subject Intent
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’.
(National Curriculum 2014)
Music plays an important part in school life at Chevening. We aim to engage, motivate and inspire pupils to develop a love of music thus making it a positive, exciting and enjoyable learning experience. Our children become musicians from Foundation Stage and continue their journey of love for music through to the end of KS2. Pupils gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children.
We ensure that all children experience the dimensions of music by exploring music from a range of cultures, composers, traditions, instruments and technology. The high quality delivery of the new national curriculum often takes a cross curricular approach. Music is linked to the current teaching within each year group and where appropriate.
Curiosity for this subject is key to progression. As well as an understanding of the importance of all types of music, children will develop a respect and understanding of the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
We offer guitar, piano, flute, recorder, violin and brass instrumental lessons outside of music lessons and also run two choirs, Performing Arts club and a KS2 Orchestra. We take part in the Young Voices event at the O2 and also hold and attend a range of musical celebration events each year both within our school setting and out in the local area.
'The power of music Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.'
The Model Music Curriculum 2019
A little snapshot of some of the exciting musical moments we have had at Chevening over the past year.